New Nintendo 3DS XL : Animal Crossing Special Edition.

3DS XL Box

After regretting not purchasing the limited edition Animal Crossing New Leaf 3DS, I was not going to pass up the chance to purchase the limited edition all new Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer version of the console!

3DS XL Faceplate

The package included the game as a download, and the console itself is a thing of beauty, with furniture pieces on the front and a mini house scene on the back.

New 3DS XL Inside

The “new” 3DS XL also has those lovely coloured buttons, and the extra grey nub thing (to give it, it’s technical name) and can read both Amiibo cards and figures. (More on those in my Happy Home Designer review)

3DS Data Transfer

Doing the system transfer was a little scary, but I followed the official guide which can be found by clicking here. And it was a pretty easy process in the end. An AC adapter is not included, so you’ll need to purchase seperately…Hmm Nintendo…Hmm!

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Guildwars 2: Heart of Thorns. Feature Overview.

Heart of Thorns

 

You know the deal by now, no spoilers here, I just thought it may be useful to those looking to purchase the first expansion to Guildwars 2 (and those new to the franchise completely) to outline some of the new features that come along with the new story content.

A whole new world

Well, place, “The Heart of Maguuma” is a jungle region housing 4 open world maps. Within each map are 3 different levels or “biomes” the roots, the floor and the canopy. With this comes new races of creatures, new outposts and a new storyline which takes place after Living World Season 2.

The Mastery system

This system adds progression and rewards for characters who have reached level 80. Certain actions will reward mastery points which can be spent levelling up mastery tracks, these add new features, items or abilities to your character. Gliding or crafting a legendary weapon for example.

Revenant – A new profession

A heavy armour profession that channels energy and abilities from characters in Guildwars’ past, which you can switch between to harness the best skills for the situation you are in.

Elite specializations

A way for those who are level 80 to unlock new weapons, traits and skills. Each profession currently has the option of one specialization, the Elementalist’s being Tempest, and this unlocks shouts for these Eles.

Guildhalls!

Yes, like in Guildwars 1, only not really…so, so much better, but damn expensive to obtain. I shall type a separate post on these as and when I can.

Also, new content for PvP and WvW players (I don’t really explore this very much) and raids for those who want to play more challenging content in a group setting. (Again I will post more on these once I have experienced them more for myself) This is what I know of so far, let me know if I’ve missed anything. See you in game!

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Guildwars 2: Free to play.

Guildwars 2 is free to play.

 

I’ve always thought ArenaNet have been excellent for making such an awesome MMORPG that’s buy to play, where you purchase the game, and then play for free, meaning no monthly subscription. With the first expansion launching soon, they have gone a little further and made the base game free to download and play completely. This allows people who are new to the franchise a chance to try the game, and also, they don’t have to invest a huge amount of money to get the full experience. (They will only have to shell out for the expansion)

There are of course some limitations to free accounts;

  • Fewer character and bag slots.
  • Map chat is disabled, but whisper and local chat are still available.
  • These players can buy and sell on the market but can’t mail gold or items directly to other players, trade gold for gems, or access guild vaults.
  • And, to quote ArenaNet directly “free accounts have some restrictions to prevent them from skipping ahead to places where they could be used to disrupt the game. They must play to level 10 before leaving the starter zones, to level 30 before using LFG, and to level 60 before using World vs. World. They can play PvP immediately but must get to rank 20 before using custom and unranked arenas.”

 

If you have always wanted to give the game a try CLICK HERE to register and start playing. If you’d like to join me, I play on the Aurora Glade EU server.

Within the FAQ, ArenaNet provide a handy table detaling limitations, depending on what content you have purchased, on This page.

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Cross stitch update #3

Final Fantasy VII

 

This is a Final Fantasy VII pattern by Cloudsfactory, stitched with DMC threads on 14 count aida. I like Cloudsfactory designs for their simplicity, and have only put this down due to starting the piece below.

Story Time Sampler

This is the piece that has been receiving all my attention of late, it’s The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery‘s, Story Time Sampler. I am super behind in terms of deadlines, as this is a stitch along with another small section being released every month, but when you stitch for only a couple of hours a week, what are you going to do? These borders are driving me crazy, they take so long, but I adore the finished product and just keep that in mind when I put the aida down to make my 5th cup of tea that day! (This is stitched on a piece of 16 count aida from Chromatic Alchemy)

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